Co-Lo Stability Problems

Unfortunately, our co-lo had some stability problems Friday morning.

First up, they lost all of their connectivity to the facility that holds all of our games. This took them about 40 minutes to diagnose and a bit longer to restore.

Much more astonishingly, they rebooted all of their machines (which means all of our machines) while they were fixing the problem, with no notice. This probably had minimal repercussions on the SkotOS games (Marrach, Ironclaw, Lazarus, and Lovecraft). There may have been a rollback of an hour or two.

TEC and Grendel's Revenge are more troublesome. TEC will suffer a rollback of 10 hours, to midnight (PT) last night, since the unannounced reboot happened one hour before the next backups. GR suffered a more complete failure. We're being forced to restore the entire machine from its backups, then we'll need to restore the game from the backups stored within that backup. The lineup of dates look promising (which is how we laid them out, 'lo these many years ago), so the hope is that we'll only suffer a 7 hour rollback, to the 3am (PT) game backup, but it's a bit dicey at the moment.

Apologies for the inconvenience; we're now making sure everything is stable, and we're looking into whether our most recent upgrades to TEC will support increasing the backups to every 6 hours.

Edit: The GR problem is proving even more intractable than hoped. As best I can tell, our colo is still having some issues because I can't boot the first restore I made of GR and I can't build a new node either. I expect this will just clear when they get their act together, but in the meantime I'm not able to get GR back online until they fix these problems.
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Writing books for Skywriter

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    When writing books in-game, is it recommended to write with the intention that it will be read via @readall?

    The reason I ask is because that makes the difference between using HTML to do fancy formatting or just keeping it plain. Personally, I love to spruce up the layout of a page with alignment, indentation, bold, italics, etc., but I am aware that simply reading a page in the browser shows all HTML code in all its hideous glory. This makes it especially wonky when you 'look' at a book and see its title like: <center><i>Emerick's guide to<p>not being a dumb idiot</i></center>.

    What are the in-game library guidelines? What are people's preferences?
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    I am definitely against using HTML in book writing. Not everyone can use skywriter (it's rare, but true) and it can play havoc when trying to copy books, in my experience

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      Having copied every book in the Outer Bailey Library I can say with certainty simple is preferred over @readall/html. It doesn't copy over well into the files and I have to manually edit it all out so that the books can be easy copied in the future.